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Special Report: Sky Broadband

By and James Welsh
Digital Spy's Alan Jay sits down with a senior Sky executive to discuss the satellite provider's upcoming broadband service.

Since Sky announced the early-August launch of their broadband service, talk on the forums has indicated that there will be a lot of interest in it provided Sky can deliver the service promised. I have been told that the infrastructure Sky bought in its acquisition of Easynet is based on ADSL2+, with a backbone equivalent to BT's much-discussed and still incomplete 21st Century Network. ADSL2+ permits a top speed of 24Mbps per line, so Sky's Max product at 16Mbps should be well within capacity for those who live close enough to the exchange.

Another aspect of interest to DS forum members has been the issue of the "fair use" policy, a document used by some ISPs to impose limits on certain types of internet use ranging from video streaming to torrents. I was told that as the largest legal provider of downloaded video material in the UK, Sky's "fair use" policy would be viewed as pretty wide ranging and they would only invoke this if the activity was not "normal consumer activity," although this was not defined further. Video content will be provided over the Sky by Broadband application, the new Sky Broadband portal, and possibly also from Sky.com (a relaunch of which will take place this summer).

Join in with the ongoing Sky Broadband discussions in the forum.

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